Indian Jatropha biofuel efforts falter  

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UPI reports that Indian efforts to produce biofuel from Jatropha aren't working out as well as hoped - Indian biofuel efforts falter.

Jatropha has long been promoted as a promising biofuel substitute to ease the global energy crisis. One hectare is capable of yielding 390-456 gallons of jatropha oil, equivalent to 433.7 gallons of diesel. ...

Jatropha's growing conditions proved to be more complex than originally thought. Jatropha requires close care. Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency analyst Preeti Kaur noted that while initially specialists assumed that jatropha could flourish on wasteland, without irrigation it in fact requires moderate irrigation. As a result, nationwide investments in jatropha of more than $5 billion are at risk.

Kaur added, "The plans have almost failed and our investments are stuck due to the poor quality of jatropha seeds. Other than this, small land holdings are a major reason for the failure of jatropha plantations."

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the potential of Jatropha really is very impressiv. and at the moment the media coverage about the plant is growing like a weed.

The potential may be impressive but the reality is disappointing thus far.

Can you see how the Indian experience could be improved (without resorting to irrigation etc and suffering the same drawbacks as other first generation biofuels) ?

Cool Blog!!!

I agree with your comments! Here are two great example of how local people can get more than biofuels from their plantation.

http://growjatropha.blogspot.com/2011/04/intercropping-ginseng-with-jatropha-for.html

http://growjatropha.blogspot.com/2011/04/growing-jatropha-as-polyculture.html

Furthermore utilisation of the byproducts of biofuel production can also bring industry to some of the poorest parts of India

http://biodieselsoap.blogspot.com

This next clip shows Jatropha in India... monoculture and underutilisation of the plant because the view is biofuelcentric not holistic!

http://growjatropha.blogspot.com/2011/04/grow-jatropha-indian-project-to-grow.html

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